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Wednesday / February 20.
  • De’Aaron Fox Credited With Second Triple-Double in Kentucky History, SportsCenter Disputes It

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    Kentucky freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox made history on Monday night.

    Or did he?

    Fox was credited with just the second triple-double in the school’s storied history, putting up 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in No. 1 Kentucky’s 115-69 destruction of Arizona State in the Bahamas.

    Chris Mills had Kentucky’s first triple-double on Dec. 27, 1988 against Austin Peay.

    “I didn’t even know it had been that long. But it felt good,” said Fox, the projected No. 10 pick in the NBA Draft by

    On Tuesday morning, SportsCenter showed that Fox was credited with his seventh assist on a jump shot by Malik Monk (23 points) that wasn’t an actual assist.

    Kentucky is deferring the matter to the official scorer.

    “We are aware of the statistic in question and informed the official scorers,” Kentucky spokesman Eric Lindsey said in a statement. “We defer all decisions to the official scorer. Because of travel, they are currently working through the process now of evaluating the play in question.”

    Count Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley among Fox’s fans.

    “He’s a really, really, really talented guy,” said Hurley, who led Duke to back-to-back NCAA titles in the early 1990s. “I’m a big fan of his.”

    Isaiah Briscoe added 20 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds and Bam Adebayo went for 12 points and 9 rebounds. Briscoe started after missing two games with what head coach John Calipari called a “butt bruise.”

    “They were spectacular,” Hurley said. “I don’t think I’ve seen a faster team. As a competitor, you feel a little shell-shocked.”

    He added: “We haven’t seen anything like that. We can’t simulate that.”

    Hurley compared this Kentucky team to the 38-1 outfit that reached the Final Four in 2015.

    “I saw their 38-1 team a couple years ago and I would certainly put them in same class,” he said.

    “If anyone was watching that,” he added, “then I’m sure they feel that team has a chance to go the distance.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.